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Versus Taps J.W. Anderson as First Design Collaborator

Versus's follow-up to Christopher Kane will be another young British star: J.W. Anderson.
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Versus's follow-up to Christopher Kane will be another young British star: J.W. Anderson.

The British Fashion Award winner for Emerging Talent in ready to wear has been tapped by Versace to be the first designer to create a capsule collection for Versus, as part of their new strategy, according to a press release.

The collection will include both women’s and men’s ready-to-wear and accessories and be sold online and at department and specialty stores worldwide. “I keep a close eye on young talent, and have been impressed by Jonathan’s work over the last couple of years,” said Donatella Versace, with whom Anderson will collaborate on the collection.

Under Versus's new repositioning, Anderson's "seasonless" collection, and all subsequent Versus capsule collections, will launch with a special event rather than a runway show.

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Anderson said he was inspired by this 1996 campaign image (right) shot by Bruce Weber for Versace. "For me, this iconic image says it all, that's how I see Versus," Andersen said. "It's all about the relationship between a boy and a girl, a girl and a girl, a boy and a boy. Purity."

Christopher Kane's departure from the label was said to have been a "mutual" decision between he and Versace, allowing him to focus more on his own label (and not go to Balenciaga or anything) and with these new Alexander Wang rumors, that might actually be the truth.

For Anderson, 2012's been a pretty big year--his spring collection was a hit and so was his Topshop collaboration; and now he's snagged this and a BFA in the same week.

So while we're sad to see Kane go, we must say we're pretty excited to see what a J.W. Anderson/Donatella Versace collaboration looks like.